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Ridgefield City Council appoints Katie Favela to fill mid-term vacancy

Former council member Rob Aichele resigned in February

By Alexis Weisend, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 13, 2024, 6:02am

The Ridgefield City Council on Thursday unanimously appointed Katie Favela to fill a mid-term vacancy on the council.

Favela, a social worker, has served as chair on the planning commission and volunteers with the boosters and the Ridgefield School District Equity and Engagement Board, according to a news release.

Position 5 was vacated earlier this year when Councilor Rob Aichele resigned Feb. 9. Aichele — who focused on public safety, expanding trails and sidewalk connectivity, and keeping downtown Ridgefield vibrant — will continue to be active in the Ridgefield community, the news release states.

The term for Position 5 expires in 2027, but Favela will need to run in the November 2025 general election to complete the term.

The city council has to appoint the vacant position within 90 days.

The process for filling the empty council seat included an application, a public forum and interviews with the city council.

In her application, Favela said a strong community is important.

“A strong community generates a participatory energy that makes residents feel integrated and empowered,” she said. “This sense of community brings out the best in people, and inspires them to do more for themselves and those around them.”